Beauty Things I’ve Tried Lately
As a blogger, I try a TON of products out and many of them will never see the light of day on this blog because I like to save the best of the best for you guys. That said, I have tried a few notable beauty things lately that I think deserve, at least, a quick shout out and I wanted to share them with you!
Kahina Giving Beauty Essaouira Perfume Oil // The latest natural fragrance release from Kahina Giving Beauty, Essaouira Perfume Oil smells so lovely! It’s inspired by the seaside village of Essaouira in Morrocco and includes notes of lavender, sandalwood, geranium, and petitgrain. I love how smooth, smoky, and yet also light this fragrance oil is. It smells heavenly and perfect for spring and summer months! It comes in a nicely sized dark glass rollerball perfume bottle which you can use to easily roll a little oil onto pulse points like wrists, neck, etc. I also really love that this formula is 100% natural and certified organic blend of essential oils in a base of jojoba oil.
Ingredients: a proprietary blend of pure steam-distilled essential oils in a base of certified organic simmondsia chensis (jojoba) seed oil.
Maya Chia The Super Couple Ultra Luxe Face Oil // Maya Chia is a really new brand for me so this was my first experience with them. I actually won this in an instagram giveaway so yay for that! This face oil is quite thick and has a really subtle, “plant” kind of scent that’s not too noticeable which I like. I’ve been using this as a once a week hydration treatment at night. I have also regularly been mixing it into my sunscreen to thin it out, make sure the sunscreen doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin and offer extra antioxidant power to my sunscreen as this oil includes a LOT of antioxidants. This face oil includes astaxanthin, a high quality keto-carotenoid that has potent antioxidant properties in skin and as a supplement with 65X the strength of vitamin C so it’s brilliant for fighting off free radical damage. Also in the formula are fatty acid rich supercritical chia oil (great for encouraging collagen production), jasmine, rose, sandalwood,and various other plant oils and essences. So far, I really like this oil and I definitely think it’s great when my skin is on the dry side, but I don’t think I’d ever use it regularly. It’s on thicker, heavier side and can be a bit much for my skin. That’s not to say it would break my skin out, but just that it feels super oily if I use too much of it so you really only need a few drops of this otherwise it might be too much. Also, I would say it’s more suited to dry or combo/dry skin types any time and other skin types could probably benefit while the weather is still cold. Once it gets warm, I’ll probably switch to a lighter oil.
Ingredients: Supercritical Chia (Salvia hispanica) Seed Oil, Haematococcus Pluvialis Algal (Astaxanthin) Extract, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Absolute, Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Absolute, Santalum Spicatum (Australian Sandalwood), Aniba Roseodora (Rosewood) Essential Oil, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Essential Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil, Cistus Ladaniferus (Cistus) Essential Oil, Boswelia Carterii (Frankincense) Essential Oil, Myrrha Commiphora (Myrrh) Essential Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Essential Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (German Chamomile) Essential Oil
True Nature Botanicals Pacific Eye Serum // As someone who deals with really dry, irritated eyes during the winter and even spring thanks to harsh weather, cold and dry air, and seasonal allergies, this eye serum from True (Nature) Botanicals has been a godsend. It includes a gentle blend of plant oils and essences that doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes and helps reduce puffiness, smooth out and hydrate the skin (without giving me milia!), and even seems to help my dark circles a bit so that’s a BIG plus. The base is green tea seed oil so it does include caffeine – avoid if you’re allergic! – which helps a lot with puffy eyes. It also includes cucumber, blackberry seed oil, avocado seed oil, and vitamin E which are all great for soothing hydration. Tuberose stem cells extract are included which True Botanicals says will reduce crow’s feet and eyelid wrinkles, but I can’t attend to that as I’m 26 and hardly have any of those issues. That said, True Botanicals makes some legit effective skincare products that really do work so I wouldn’t be surprised if this really does work for that.
Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green tea) seed oil*, oenotherus biennis (evening primrose) seed oil*, persea gratissima (avocado) seed oil*, cucumis sativus (cucumber) oil, daucus carota (carrot) seed carrier oil**, rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed oil*, rubus fruticosus (blackberry) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride (from coconuts), tocopherol (vitamin e), polianthes tuberosa callus (tuberose) extract.
** wild crafted
% organic & wild crafted ingredients: 83%
Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream // This product was randomly sent to me and I didn’t think I would review it because I have a feeling the ingredients are not as clean as I’d like, but I got curious and tried this anyway and I was super surprised that I really liked it. The formula is based around a centuries old ingredient Remedea, which Chuda (Chuda means “miracle” in Russian) has trademarked into a complex – Remedea Compound™ – that they use in this cream to rapidly heal and hydrate damaged, compromised, or chronically dry skin. The brand is backed by a well known NYC-based physician, Dr. Elena Ocher, who’s Georgian roots allowed her to experience the benefits of Remedea her entire life. The ingredient is said to be traced back over a century for everything from skin issues to battle wounds so that’s impressive. This cream was developed with healing remedea, hyaluronic acid, and other medical grade skin ingredients to help others reap the benefits. One thing I will say about this cream is that it definitely works and does a great job at hydrating skin. I was dealing with near-peeling dry skin around December and this stuff definitely helped me out. My only complaint, again, is the lack of a full ingredient list. I really wish they would share that information and, hopefully, use clean ingredients in the formula because it’s a great cream for face and body. My acne prone skin didn’t break out once so I call that a win.
Gratiae AHA Cleansing and Peeling Foam // Gratiae Organics contacted me on instagram and sent me this cleanser to try out. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I did end up really liking this one because it makes my skin feel SUPER soft. I don’t know that it would be for everyone because it does include AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid which is a skin exfoliant), soothing oat extract, and various botanical extracts and minerals meant to help calm, cleanse and balance your skin. They are a cruelty-free company and claim to use natural and organic ingredients, but they don’t include an ingredient list on their website which bugs me so I don’t know that I entirely trust their business model – just my opinion. That said, this cleanser does work quite well and makes skin feel clean, super soft, and is quite gentle considering it does exfoliate your skin.
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